Every Time A Female Character Replaced A Male Character
In recent years, it's become an easy-to-spot trend in Hollywood film and TV productions as well as at comic book publishers. They are taking male characters and replacing them with female characters.
In recent years, it’s become an easy-to-spot trend in Hollywood film and TV productions as well as at comic book publishers. They are taking male characters and replacing them with female characters.
Now, sometimes they directly inherit the male character’s name and title, but there are also plenty of cases where the female character does not do this, but instead just takes on the leading role from the male character.
We are going to do our best to list out every time this has happened. This will be an on-going list and is not exhaustive at this moment.
1. Rey Skywalker
After Disney purchased Lucasfilm, they rebooted the Star Wars universe with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film that copies almost beat for beat the original Star Wars film. While Disney didn’t call it a reboot, it’s clear that this is exactly what it is.
Not only did they reboot Star Wars with The Force Awakens, but they introduced a character named Rey who would go on to replace legendary Jedi hero Luke Skywalker. In fact, in the final movie of the trilogy of this new Star Wars rebooted universe, Disney has Rey take the Skywalker name despite being a Palpatine.
2. Riri Williams
Riri Williams was first introduced in Invincible Iron Man #7 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato. In her first appearance she’s clearly seen working on her own Iron Man-like suit.
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When the next volume of Invincible Iron Man dropped, Riri Williams would take on the mantle of Iron Man in Invincible Iron Man #1.
3. Grace Harper
In Terminator: Dark Fate, Grace Harper replaced Kyle Reese from the first Terminator film as well as the T-800 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day in the role of guardian and protector.
Harper is sent back in time to protect Dani Ramos similar to how Reese was sent back in time to protect John Connor and his mom Sarah Connor from the T-800. It’s also similar to how the T-800 is sent back in time to protect John Connor from the T-1000.
4. The Ghostbusters
In 2016, Sony Pictures replaced all of the The Ghostbusters with female versions of the characters played by Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones.
The original Ghostbusters were all men played by Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson.
In Kevin Smith’s recently released Masters of the Universe: Revelation, Teela replaces He-Man as the main protagonist after He-Man is killed off.
Smith explained the replacement, “How we do it in episode one is he gives his f***ing life. He sacrifices his life. Now, you know, I’ve been accused of lying for saying that He-Man does no stepping aside. If He-Man giving his life for the entire universe is stepping aside then Tony Stark stepped aside, Jesus Christ stepped aside.”
“It’s a messianic moment and if you follow classic literature, the heroes arc, it’s where the hero has to go eventually. You have to sacrifice your life for some greater cause,” Smith stated.
After He-Man is dead, Teela takes his place.
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